Disclosure Release Soulful Track ‘Holding On’ Feat. Gregory Porter
Electronic music duo Disclosure enlisted the help of Grammy-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter to provide vocals for their latest single, "Holding On." It may sound like an unlikely melding of genres, but when you consider the track's very first incarnation was as a piano ballad, it makes a bit more sense.
According to Consequence of Sound, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence first wrote the track with collaborator Jimmy Napes. It wasn't until Guy decided to change the sound on the track himself that it turned into the version it stands as today. The song is a booming club anthem with Porter's smooth, rich vocals adding an element of soul to the track.
Anyone familiar with the duo's massively successful song "Latch," (and who out there is not familiar with it by now?) which featured another soul singer, Sam Smith, will probably notice a similarity at least in terms of shtick. But "Holding On" is a song a little more sure of itself, with vocals that are less frantic and desperate than Smith's (not that that's a slight on his part -- his vocals served their purpose extraordinarily well on "Latch"). There's a warmth to Porter's voice that lends itself in an interesting way to the contrast of the song's underlying, repetitive synth beat, adding a much needed human element to the song.
Disclosure's sophomore album, the follow-up to their 2013 effort Settle, is set to be released at some point later this year, though a date has yet to be specified.
In the meantime, you can listen to "Holding On" above.